What You Don’t Get in a Budget
Sometimes, corners have to be cut and this means missing features. Some of the typical places where you’ll find cut corners are in terms of camera, connectivity and hardware. Then again, there are some things that you will never get in an entry-level phone: a full HD display, TV-out, MHL port, IR blaster (to use phone as remote control for TV and other appliances) and NFC (Near Field Communications) to name a few.
However, you can still try to get a phone that has USB host support, an autofocus camera with LED flash, a front camera, FM Radio, expandable storage, and 3G connectivity. Don’t be afraid to consider a slightly older device that has seen a huge price cut (the Spice Mi-525, for instance - see below). Keep your requirements in mind and compare different phone models to see if what you need is available.